THREE limericks to brighten Monday morning. The form, so associated with Edward Lear, has a skilled new practitioner in Ranjit Bolt, a former stock-broker turned playwright. Here are three samples from the Animal section of his forthcoming collection, A Lion Was Learning To Ski (Gibson Square, £9.99).
A lion was learning to ski
In the Alps just outside Chamonix,
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But he ruined his hopes
Of mastering the slopes
When he had his instructor for tea.
There was once a comedic giraffe
Whose one-liners were right off the graph,
But, though witty as heck,
It was really his neck
And its length that made everyone laugh.
There was a Scots cat called MacLeod
Who barked when he should have meowed.
This embarrassed him, yet
When a lot of cats met
At least he stood out from the crowd.